PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on the Perikatan Nasional government to convene Parliament as soon as possible in order to elevate the institution as a pillar of democracy in the country.
Anwar who led the opposition bloc said the current government which has no rightful legitimacy, has continued to look past every aspect of democracy including preventing the Parliament sitting or Dewan Rakyat to convene.
“These symptoms do not occur in other developed countries including our neighbor Singapore.
“It is rightful for us to continue urging the government today to convene the Parliament sitting as soon as possible and to elevate Parliament institutions as pillars of democracy and the country’s law,” he was quoted as saying on his Facebook page today, in conjunction with World Parliament Day.
Anwar said the legislative body, especially the Parliamentary institution, is the country’s most important institution as it is not just the place where new laws would be enacted, but it also serves as a balancing act for the executive branch.
According to him, the concept has been already adopted and used in every democratic or semi-democratic country in the world.
“The United Nations (UN) says Parliament has become more important during the war or crisis, what more in the current Covid-19 pandemic (coronavirus).
“At the time during the Covid-19 pandemic, the institute was very much needed to pass new laws, provide for emergency measures, ensure accountability and or examine every government action to prevent leaks or deficiencies,” he said.
The one-day Parliament sitting held on May 18, only allowing the Royal speech by His Majesty, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was disputed and criticised by the opposition bloc because of the short duration.
The Perikatan Nasional government claimed that the parliamentary session is shortened to one day to curb the spread of Covid-19.
However, the opposition bloc claimed that the decision was made to avoid the motion of no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. The motion was proposed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as he claimed that Perikatan Nasional was unstable with a confusing number of majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
It was also reported that Muhyiddin had submitted a motion to remove the Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff and his deputy Nga Kor Ming. Both of them were appointed with the positions after Pakatan Harapan won the 2018 general election.
Former law minister Liew Vui Keong said Muhyiddin’s move was not following the constitutional law, saying that it was only made to avoid the no-confidence vote against him as the prime minister in the upcoming Parliament sitting.
Liew said there was no reason to get rid of Mohamad Ariff and Nga, as both had worked professionally.
He said it was proven when the first MPs who were called out of the house after the 14th General Election were Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, representatives.
This is not the first attempt to replace Dewan Rakyat’s speaker. In May 2009, Perak assemblyman V Sivakumar was dragged out of the speaker’s seat. The House then declared the seat as vacant and voted to replace Sivakumar with R Ganesan.
30th June 2020 17:56
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